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Oculist Brighton

Oculist Brighton – food, cocktails and music

*Oculist kitchen will be closed until spring 2024

The Oculist Brighton is a welcome addition to the Brighton food and music scene as it is one of the newest pubs in Brighton. It opened its doors in March 2022, and since then has been the place to go for great music, delicious cocktails and tasty food. It’s centrally located in the heart of Brighton, just a short walk from the beach and the Brighton Lanes. You’ll be greeted with friendly faces to pour you your favourite drink. Whether it’s a crisp pint of craft ale, glass of wine or a cocktail made by their expert mixologist – you’re in good hands.

The ground floor of Oculist Brighton with a large staircase heading up to mezzanine. Wooden bar tables and stools next to the staircase.

A large venue to explore

The venue is divided into different areas with big open spaces inside and lots of light in the day. It’s been decorated with rustic yet stylish interiors, interesting features and lots of plants to add greenery to compliment the industrial look. The main bar is on the ground floor where there are different areas for you to sit, all with their own vibe. This is also where the DJ booth is set up with their state-of-the-art sound system. There’s a large open space in front of the booth for plenty of dancing.

The mezzanine area at Oculist Brighton with sun shining through the windows and rustic wooden interiors. Booth style tables and chairs with cushioned seating.

There’s also a photo booth so you can have fun getting some snaps with your friends. From the ground floor, take the stairs up to the mezzanine where there’s more seating around the edge of the room and another bar. The seats are like booths, creating privacy between the tables. From the mezzanine, you can take another set of stairs which takes you outside to the first level rooftop terrace which is lit up at night for an ambient evening. Then up the final set of stairs to the open roof garden – fantastic space for both the day and night. 

Booth seating at Oculist Brighton with a wooden table in front of a window with potted plants. A paper lampshade on the ceiling with the amber light shining through.

Mouthwatering Middle-Eastern menu

Whether you’re looking for a spot to meet some friends after work for a drink, or if you want to go for a dance, Oculist has you covered. The menu has recently been taken over by BaBBab, creating their tasty middle eastern kebabs. 

Middle Eastern food at Occulist served on a wooden table with cocktails.


BaBBab serves an array of flavoursome and healthy baps which combine flavours from the Middle East and Southern Mediterranean. BaBBab’s take on the kebab is a fusion of elevated flavours mixed with culinary creativity and ancient traditions.

From an Open Chicken Skewer Kebab to a Roasted Veg and Red Pepper Flat Bread – there’s plenty for all dietary preferences, in fact the vegan options slightly outweigh the non-vegan on the menu. There are tasty sides to accompany such as the Harissa Hummus with toasted flat bread, or the Turmeric Spiced Cauliflower Wings. Perfect to accompany a few drinks or add to create a middle-eastern feast!

A close up shot of an open flatbread with fresh herbs and pomegranates.

Drinks at Oculist Brighton

Oculist offers a large selection of drinks to wet the whistle. These include a superb mocktail menu, a wine list with local suppliers such as Ridgeview and Fitz, and of course Brighton craft ales and beers to choose from. And, if you are looking for a spot to work during the day, the lounge at Oculist is the perfect place and they serve a great coffee to keep you appropriately caffeinated. 

Oculist Brighton bar staff pouring a pint behind the bar with two pints of Guinness on the counter, ambient lighting and a giant lit up clock in the background.

Cocktails with a twist

We must mention their incredible Brighton cocktails. From the classics such as a Negroni, Espresso Martini or Bloody Mary to their carefully crafted signature cocktails like the Daily Tot, Candy Pants or Campfire. We love the Rosa Picante Margarita – a margarita with an extra kick. 

A small cocktail at Oculist Brighton. A glass of orange liquid with ice cubes, garnished with citrus peel and photographed on the corner of a wooden table.

You can view all of the menus here:

Roof terrace come rain or shine

What makes the Oculist stand out to other bars in Brighton is the amazing multi-level roof terrace – all equipped with heaters to keep you warm all year round. The roof terrace is spacious with an open top garden. It’s a great spot to lounge and grab some rays in the summer with the sun beaming down. There’s also a terrace below if you find there isn’t a space left or you need some shade. There’s lots of lush greenery to give an oasis feel to the roof terrace above the hustle and bustle of The Lanes.

Oculist Brighton roof garden with plants and fairy lights. Night time setting, the outdoor terrace is next to a tall red brick wall. There are wooden tables under pagodas and plastic tables and chairs on the medium sized terrace.

Enjoy their roof terrace parties with live DJs and rooftop drinks. From afternoon DJ sets going through to the night. The terrace can also be booked for private hire if you have a favourite table or a party coming up.

Planning a party?

If you’re planning a party or event then private hire is available at the Oculist. You can choose what space would suit you best depending on your event. From the mezzanine inside or the roof terrace for a summer do.

People dancing with a green light and disco ball.

For the family

Oculist is dog friendly, they’re welcome anytime however at the weekends there is a cutoff from 8pm due to the evening transitioning into DJ sets. They’re also child friendly with high chairs and changing facilities available. Curfew for under 18’s due to their licence is 8pm.

The ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs with ramps and access to the toilets, the rest of the venue isn’t accessible.


  1. Ril

    Some of the best weekend events in Brighton, always a cracking vibe

  2. Amy Thomas

    Delicious dim sum in a wonderful venue with great team

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